PM’S office ‘dwarfed’ under UPA rule: Jaitley

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2014 10:52 IST

Referring to Sanjay Baru’s latest book ‘ Th e Accidental Prime Minister’ that portrays PM Mamohan Singh as a helpless leader as against Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that it only “confirms what the country ordinarily suspected”.

“The Prime Minister has to get most of his decisions approved and ratified from the Congress president. All sensitive subjects have to be discussed with a person outside the government. The appointments of key officials would be regulated by 10, Janpath. Contracts such as the coal blocks allocations were allotted by the party. Even the venue for the funeral of former Prime Minister PV Narsimha Rao was decided on collateral considerations rather than on the desire of his family,” the senior BJP leader wrote in his campaign diary on the Facebook.

Jaitley further said, “In a parliamentary democracy, the party system is an essential requirement.
However, the accountability in democracy is of the elected representatives and not of the party office-bearers. It is the Prime Minister and his council of ministers, which, through the Parliament are accountable to the people. Amongst various institutions which have been dwarfed in the UPA regime, the principal one was the office of the Prime Minister itself ”.

He said, “Baru’s book confirms this. Prime Ministers are known not by the number of years they have spent in office but by the footprints they leave behind. The prime ministership is not an employment. It is public service and an exercise by which leadership is provided to the people”.

The BJP leader said that on the eve of relinquishing the office, Manmohan Singh “must seriously introspect as to how his tenure impacted on the institution of Prime Minister. Did he have the last word on all subjects?”

Meawhile, Jaitley paid tributes to Jalianwala Bagh martyrs who sacrificed their lives in the freedom struggle. Jaitley was accompanied by senior party leaders.

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